OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
Paper fortune
おみくじ
Chopsticks
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Mangroves
マングローブ
Sanshin
三線
Japan
Kiki's Delivery Service
Singapore
Hakuohki
China
Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi
Japan
Hakuohki
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Cool terrace in Kyoto summer
納涼床
Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Café from another world
純喫茶
Japanese knives
包丁
Candycrafts
あめ細工
Kimono
着物
Picks
楊枝
KAISEKI
懐石
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
WASABI
山葵
URUSHI
漆芸
Nerhol
MANABU IKEDA
TABAIMO
YAYOI KUSAMA
MENBURYU
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
NOH
SHODO
書道
KENDO
剣道